Seattle University Case Study

Large Multidisciplinary University Regains Control of Desktop Applications

Seattle University uses Cisco virtualized servers to maximize space and improve network efficiency and data storage.

Seattle University puts educational needs first with unified computing and virtual desktop systems.

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We cut down on the amount of people deploying software in multiple areas for specific classroom needs and requests. The Cisco Unified Computing System provides centralized management across campus to modernize our learning environment.
- Dan Duffy, Chief Technology Officer, Seattle University

Challenge

Campus IT department must sync multiple computer labs while keeping hardware updated and running efficiently.

  • Short desktop computer lifecycles, difficult management of the desktop application environment, and high operating expenses
  • Inability to meet specific, real-time software application requests from professors, students, and college deans
  • Disconnect between desktops, applications, and data within the data center

Solution

Virtualized servers, which decrease maintenance needs and increase efficiency and flexibility.

Results

A better use of limited physical space and an improved computing experience for everyone on campus.

  • Ability to deploy specific software applications and business requirements for any educational or administrative department on demand
  • Faster response times to students, teachers, and faculty to help meet educational and administrative needs
  • Conversion of lab machines to virtual desktops, decrease in operating expenses, and prolonged desktop lifecycle

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